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David Akers wants to get a deal done, too

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As it turns out, Falcons (for now) running back Jason Snelling isn’t the only player who is speaking out about a desire to get a labor deal done.

Eagles (for now) kicker David Akers wants to get something done, too.  And Akers has called NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith to make sure Smith knows it.

“I called De Smith myself and just said, ‘You know what, what’s going on here?  Where are we really and where are the owners at and what are we doing actively to get this thing done?’” Akers told Derrick Gunn of CSNPhilly.com on Wednesday.  “You know, myself, I’m not the biggest guy as far as dealing with lawyers and all that stuff and getting the courts, I just think we need to find what’s good for the game and get a deal done.  Ultimately, I mean people want to have their football.  A lot of people are starting to get hurt — people are losing jobs right now.  It’s time to get it all figured out in my opinion, but nobody asks my opinion.”

But even though Akers thinks no one is asking for his opinion, it’s his opinion that things could get done fairly soon.

“To me, I don’t think we’re off that much ultimately, in that I think cooler heads need to prevail and sit down and kind of get out of the core system right now and just figure out the best scenario for the owners, the players and obviously the fans who support the entire league,” Akers said.  “So it’s discouraging right now to kind of be in this limbo not really knowing when the season’s going to start, if it’s going to start, you know, and everything that kind of goes along with it.  So I would just hope that cooler heads ultimately prevail right now.”

With Snelling and Akers going on the record and making their views known, it’ll be interesting to see what the NFLPA* does about it.  Smith ultimately answers to the NFLPA* Executive Committee, and only so many trial-lawyer talking tactics can permit him to continue to avoid the fundamental question the players now face.

Is the goal to get a deal done and play football in 2011, or is the objective to first obtain a significant amount of leverage through litigation, which could mean missing all of the 2011 season?

Though some may think that getting a deal done sooner rather than later constitutes capitulation to the owners, we don’t see it that way.  The players have leverage via the legal claims they’ve made, and they can use their leverage to get the best possible deal.  Though they could have even more leverage based on some of the other rulings that could be issued down the road, the cost to get to that point could be more than any player wants to pay.

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33 Responses to “David Akers wants to get a deal done, too”
  1. evrybdyhas1 says: May 25, 2011 7:50 AM

    Working conditions and pay must really be horrible for the poor downtrodden players if they are determined to litigate rather then negotiate. It is tragic they can’t make payments on those $100,000.00 cars.

    What is really tragic is the voiceless real working-class stiffs that are just trying to feed kids and pay for electric and depend on football for income.

    We now know there are 2 players that get the big picture. Players go get a negotiator.

  2. jedicookie says: May 25, 2011 7:55 AM

    Shut up kicker.

  3. sakatak says: May 25, 2011 7:56 AM

    There are many intelligent players, David Akers being one of them. The more they speak their mind, the better off they will be. They are not capitulating, they are giving their honest opinion. Lawyers do not care about the players.

  4. evilzorac says: May 25, 2011 8:00 AM

    I believe the only way that a deal will get done is for the players to change their representative in the negotiations. D. Smith has talked himself into a corner and his ego will not let him back track and make a sensible deal for both sides.

  5. saintsfan1111 says: May 25, 2011 8:01 AM

    The players are starting to crack. I don’t blame them though. De Smith is a lawyer through and through. He thinks court is where to get it done. He’s wrong. It’s all legal holding this up.

  6. dangcote says: May 25, 2011 8:02 AM

    I think if more players spoke this way, the players would get more sympathy, even from fans of this so called owner friendly website.

    I wonder how many players put this in the hands of De Smith at the end of the season and then tuned it all out. Now, that the football itch has started, it will be interesting to see if more players start pushing to get a deal done.

  7. clintonportisheadd says: May 25, 2011 8:04 AM

    It’s time to get it all figured out in my opinion, but nobody asks my opinion.”

    ——————–

    Thats because you are a kicker. On most NFL teams that position falls somewhere between waterboy and ticket taker on the respect level.

    As Peyton Manning would said-“Pay no attention to this idiot kicker”.

  8. bluefan204 says: May 25, 2011 8:07 AM

    Get rid of De Smith like….yesterday, and this thing will get done. Keep Goodell out of the room and this thing will get done.

    When it DOES get done, fire them both. Immediately

  9. ajc85 says: May 25, 2011 8:12 AM

    The slaves want to go back to work? weird.

  10. salmen76 says: May 25, 2011 8:19 AM

    We are not stupid mike. Yall are posting pro-owner articles then yall are answering them yourself. Ha Ha. The owners had a deal. They opted out. They want what all rich people want, “more”. The players want to play football and earn their living like everybody else. The players deserve every penny they get. Without our pro players we have no football. The average man like myself couldn’t sustain one pro football hit, not one. Much less an entire season of hits. I’ve lost alot of respect for PFT for supporting the greedy owners. Yea, players are greedy too, but they are the ones out there taking the punishment and putting fans in the seats. I never attended one football game for the owners. But like my daddy always said, “son, never feel sorry for a millionaire”. So i don’t. And that includes the rich players because not all of them are millionaires. But i do miss football! Geaux Saints!

  11. birdobeamen says: May 25, 2011 8:22 AM

    This lockout really sucks.

  12. sambradfordismyhomeboy says: May 25, 2011 8:24 AM

    Well, we’ve gone almost 5 months since the end of the NFL season with now countless numbers of meetings, conferences, brain storms, telephone calls and emails used to try and resolve this battle royal o’ greed that the owners and dumb-a$$ DeSmith have created. And now a kicker and a back-up running back want the season to start… wow, I didn’t know that it was going to be THIS easy!
    Haven’t heard a THING from T. Brady, and this whole collective bargaining fiasco has his very name tied to it. Quit being your wife’s b1tch and grow the church bells that Snelling and Ackers seem to have and voice your freakin’ opinion.

  13. eagiants says: May 25, 2011 8:29 AM

    As a Giants fan I don’t agree with comments made by Eagles very often, but I agree 100%. We need more of this from the players.

    Overthrow this idiot De Smith already!

  14. vahawker says: May 25, 2011 8:37 AM

    Guess they should have selected someone with ties to the game and a vested interest in the future of the league instead of a lowlife lawyer who only has ties to the courts and doesn’t care about the game or the player’s long term interests.

    Fire DeMoron and get someone who has the player’s best interests in mind instead of their own grandstanding agenda and the deal will get done quickly.

  15. oldbyrd says: May 25, 2011 8:52 AM

    When will the players learn that duh Smith is an idiot far over his head. Are we sure he is a Lawyer or is he a comedian? His stupid one liners won’t get football going again. FIRE THE MORON.

  16. clintonportisheadd says: May 25, 2011 9:18 AM

    “With Snelling and Akers going on the record and making their views known, it’ll be interesting to see what the NFLPA* does about it.”

    ———————–

    When you have 1600 members (whether its the NFLPA, your local Tea Party group, or a youth soccer league) you inevitably will find yourself having to deal with a few fringe characters. The only way I would pay any attention to what a player said about the owner imposed lock out was if that player was 1) a star of Tom Brady level or 2) a player rep.

    Anything else is just noise…

  17. CKL says: May 25, 2011 9:29 AM

    I don’t view this as players “cracking” I view it as something that’s likely a lot of players’ opinions. I find it hard to believe that if players were voting by secret ballot, they would be in favor of continuing litigation vs. negotiating a new CBA.

  18. moochzilla says: May 25, 2011 9:30 AM

    “There are many intelligent players, David Akers being one of them. The more they speak their mind, the better off they will be. They are not capitulating, they are giving their honest opinion. Lawyers do not care about the players.”

    The Eagles transitioned Akers after the end of the season, an action that would have paid him handsomely.

    He reacted as if they just burned his house down.

    Yeah, he’s really smart. Totally admirable.

    Give me a break.

  19. santolonius says: May 25, 2011 9:31 AM

    the players don’t seem to understand that de smith works at the pleasure of the players. maybe these guys have been hit in the head too many times. in fact, the very fact that players put up with de smith may be the single greatest argument for stricter rules against helmet to helmet contact.

  20. whizwit says: May 25, 2011 9:45 AM

    Makes me wonder how everything would have panned out if Troy Vincent was the NFLPA* director…would a former players point of view help the cause drastically? The hell with MTV, I want my football.

  21. bobbyhoying says: May 25, 2011 9:50 AM

    As usual an attorney is screwing things up for his own self aggrandizement. Why not find another Upshaw and get a deal done? There are lots of smart retired players in the business world. Has a Congress populated by attorneys done anything other than bankrupt the country? Why have one negotiating this deal?

  22. schmitty2 says: May 25, 2011 9:55 AM

    clintonportisheadd says:
    May 25, 2011 8:04 AM
    It’s time to get it all figured out in my opinion, but nobody asks my opinion.”

    ——————–

    Thats because you are a kicker. On most NFL teams that position falls somewhere between waterboy and ticket taker on the respect level.

    Well being that you love Clinton Portis I’m sure you can relate

  23. harleyrider1973 says: May 25, 2011 10:04 AM

    hey clintonportisheadd:

    you are a great big jackazz, a kicker is a member of the team and a member of the NFLPA* his opinion matters as much as anyother player.

  24. upperdecker19 says: May 25, 2011 10:51 AM

    “evrybdyhas1 says:
    May 25, 2011 7:50 AM
    Working conditions and pay must really be horrible for the poor downtrodden players if they are determined to litigate rather then negotiate. It is tragic they can’t make payments on those $100,000.00 cars.”

    Ya, and the owners are forced to finance the purchase of their used Prius’ and flying coach.

  25. sakatak says: May 25, 2011 10:54 AM

    moochzilla says: May 25, 2011 9:30 AM

    “There are many intelligent players, David Akers being one of them. The more they speak their mind, the better off they will be. They are not capitulating, they are giving their honest opinion. Lawyers do not care about the players.”

    The Eagles transitioned Akers after the end of the season, an action that would have paid him handsomely.

    He reacted as if they just burned his house down.

    Yeah, he’s really smart. Totally admirable.

    Give me a break.
    ____________________________________

    There is a very easy way to solve this disagreement.
    Check his wonderlic score.

  26. gregjennings85 says: May 25, 2011 10:56 AM

    Uh, this is a football site, no one cares about kickers, even formerly great ones.

  27. seahawkhuskyfan says: May 25, 2011 10:58 AM

    It is time for Brady, Manning, or Brees to step up. They each have their money, but they need to actually look at the rest of the players, don’t be greedy, look at what can get this done. De Smith cannot get this done, he is a jackwagon.

  28. bangyourhead4 says: May 25, 2011 11:02 AM

    DSmith will not allow a deal to be done. Plain and simple.

  29. willycents says: May 25, 2011 11:05 AM

    clintonportisheadd says:May 25, 2011 9:18 AM

    1) a star of Tom Brady level or 2) a player rep.
    —————————————————-

    Please enlighten us to the above in more detail

    1. Because you are a ‘STAR”, and thence well paid and, by extension, wealthy, does that somehow make your opinion more worthy of consideration than a less well known and lower paid person? Or, because Brady, Brees, Manning (here comes the race card) have opinions that matter more because they are white and the majority of players speaking out are black? In that case, the owners opinions are worth far more than a petty millionaire due to their wealth and high profile. (race doesn’t matter to me in any case, just used it for purposes of eliciting a response to my questions..sorry if it is offensive to anyone except portishead)

    2. What player reps are you talking about? There is no union, hence, no player reps. Or, are you in fact saying that there is still a union, just not being called one legally and publicly, and the de-certiification was in fact a sham and simply for the purpose of litigating instead of negotiating?

  30. moochzilla says: May 25, 2011 11:13 AM

    Akers realized he screwed up the second the Birds drafted a kicker. Now he’s anxious about getting a job in his declining years.

  31. piemasteruk says: May 25, 2011 11:24 AM

    “Ultimately, I mean people want to have their football. A lot of people are starting to get hurt — people are losing jobs right now. It’s time to get it all figured out in my opinion, but nobody asks my opinion.”

    I am intrigued by this statement. Yes, David Akers is a kicker, but he is a long-time veteran of the league and, from what I have heard, quite well respected by his peers.

    So if David Akers doesn’t feel like his opinion is worth anything, it makes you wonder what voice other players are having in all of this. Is there *any* consultation occuring between the NFLPA* leadership and the rank and file whom they represent? Or is this a virtual dictatorship where De Smith basically does as he likes, while attending a few token communication meetings with a handful of player reps?

  32. tombradyswig says: May 25, 2011 11:33 AM

    FIRE DOO DOO AND HIRE TROY VINCENT!

  33. nocryinginbaseball07 says: May 26, 2011 12:31 AM

    Oh, I think that people actually do care about kickers, like when the team wins by three points.

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